Ethical & Behavioral Standards

Ethics in the University

The mission of Kettering University rests on the premise of intellectual honesty; in the classroom, the laboratory, the examination desk, and in professional settings. The very search for knowledge is impaired without a prevailing ethic of honor and integrity in all scholarly, professional, and personal activities. The principles of honor and integrity make it possible for society to place trust in the degrees we confer, the research we produce, the scholarship we present and disseminate, and the critical assessments we make of the performance of students.  In order to achieve our goals of preserving, disseminating, and advancing knowledge, Kettering University expects all members of the community to be open to new ideas, to be governed by truthfulness, and to be considerate of the rights of others. We strive to foster these values in all our endeavors and will employ all possible means to discourage dishonest behavior in any form. We hold students accountable for their choices and actions through the Kettering University Code of Student Conduct, administered by the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students.

Academic Integrity

We believe fairness, openness, and intellectual honesty to be the keystones of our educational mission. We foster these qualities in all our endeavors and use all possible means to discourage dishonesty, in any form. All members of the Kettering community should report academic dishonesty to the appropriate faculty person, as well as to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean Students. Academic dishonesty prohibited at Kettering University includes, but is not limited to, the following forms:

Cheating:       Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.

Fabrication:   Intentional and/or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:    Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another engage in academic dishonesty in any form.

Plagiarism:     Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or images of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Students may avoid any perception of academic dishonesty by following these principles:

  • properly acknowledging and citing all use of the ideas, results, or words of others
  • properly acknowledging all contributors to a given piece of work, including that of peers
  • making sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of unsanctioned materials or unsanctioned collaboration
  • obtaining all data or results by ethical means and reporting them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions
  • treating all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress
  • upholding the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to insure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.

Students found to have carried out any form of academic dishonesty are subject to the faculty member’s scrutiny and sanctions, as well as policies and procedures associated with the Code of Student Conduct.

Code of Student Conduct

The Kettering University Code of Student Conduct represents a body of behavioral standards for all students. These standards are strictly and vigorously enforced by the University to ensure members of this educational community a productive, safe, and equitable environment for growth and development. The University expects its students to conduct themselves as mature individuals while enrolled at Kettering wherever they are located, including on campus, at home, and in their work section communities.

Students are expected to comply with all University regulations governing student conduct and the use of University property and facilities. Kettering University has the right to take action and investigate any offense that involves our students, either as victims reporting or students accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct or any federal, state, and/or local laws/ordinances. The Code of Student Conduct extends to students at their places of co-op employment. We expect students to honor their co-op employer’s standards for workplace demeanor and may impose our Judicial Affairs procedures upon any student charged by an employer with workplace misconduct.

Conduct for which students may be subject to judicial action falls into, but is not limited to, the following categories:

1. Endangering people or their property.

2. Obstructing the normal functions of Kettering University or a co-op employer.

3. Theft or damage to property, including intellectual property, of Kettering University, a co-op employer, or any individual.

4. Any willful damage to the reputation or psychological well-being of others.

5.Threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing, or verbally abusing another.

6. Any physical violence directed at any member of the Kettering University community or a co-op employer’s.

7. Unauthorized entry to, use of, or occupancy of Kettering University facilities or a co-op employer’s.

8. Any dishonesty, cheating, forgery, plagiarism, or alteration of, or misuse of Kettering University documents, records or identification, or a co-op employer’s.

9. Computer misuse, while on academic or work term, at the University or at co-op employment, including but not limited to:

  • Theft or other abuse of computer operations.
  • Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
  • Unauthorized transfer of a file or files.
  • Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and/or password[s].
  • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or university official.
  • Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operation of the University’s or a co-op employer’s computer system.

10. Violation of applicable public laws while on Kettering University owned property, University or student-sponsored or supervised functions, a co-op employer’s owned or controlled property, or at a co-op employer-sponsored or supervised function.

11. Possession or use on campus or at a place of co-op employment of firearms, explosives, explosive fuels, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons, except as specifically authorized by Kettering University or a co-op employer.

12. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.

13. Possession or use of alcohol on Kettering’s campus; any underage possession or use of alcohol.

14. Failure to comply with directions of Kettering University or co-op employer officials acting in performance of their duties.

15. Conduct which adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the Kettering University and/or co-op employment communities. 


The Dean of Students’ office manages investigates and adjudicates all cases of student misconduct.  Complete information about our processes may be found in the 2013-14 Student Handbook, located at